Member Spotlight: Nicole Schaeffer

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Company Name: Slalom
Company Founded in: 2001 - Seattle, WA
Business Industry: Business & Technology Consulting
Target Market: Businesses in our own communities
OCA Member Since: 2013



What makes OCA Atlanta important to you?

OCA Atlanta has served as fantastic place to network with other professionals in the organization change, development, and effectiveness fields. In fact, moving into my role as an OE Consultant at Slalom actually started with an introduction to the company through an OCA event.


How did you become interested in organizational change?

Organizational change is an intersection of so many different fields/theories (systems, learning, psychology, etc.) and can be applied to organizations across many industries, so it feeds my hunger for learning every day. Ultimately though, if you do it well, it’s a win-win situation for the organization AND the people, and that’s a pretty rewarding space to me.


How does your current role link to OD/CM?

As an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant for Slalom’s Atlanta Office, I help find answers to organizational development, change management, and organizational effectiveness questions that connect people, processes, and technologies. The results lead to measurably improved collaboration, efficiency, and productivity, and the ability to harness the power of people across all levels of a company.


Where do you see the field of OD/CM headed in the future?

Especially with more millennials entering the workforce and the rapid change of technology, I see OD/CM moving towards becoming essential to executive consideration. In today’s ever-changing, ever-evolving markets, businesses will need to execute on OD/CM initiatives successfully to remain competitive. I’m both honored and excited to be on the forefront of this intriguing intersection.


How have you been involved in OCA?

My membership journey has allowed me to network and build relationships with OD/CM professionals in the Atlanta area across many markets. In addition, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know multiple board members. My offer to the board to serve as an unofficial sounding board and contributor to OCA’s development this year has been met with both gratefulness and interest, and I look forward to helping our board move OCA forward.


What do you consider to be your most valuable skills you can offer someone?

Client interaction, collaboration, analysis, and relationship building skills have provided me with a strong foundation for helping my clients in the strategic alignment, employee engagement, performance improvement, process improvement, and talent management spaces. Partnering with employees across the nation at multiple organizational levels, from front-line employees to c-level executives, has given me breadth of knowledge and experience in the consulting space that I enjoy using to help inform and drive strategically aligned change with my current, Atlanta-based clients.


What do you want us to know that is special about you (personally or professionally, your business or both (here you may give us accolades, awards, interesting tidbits that make you unique, thoughts/philosophies, etc…)?

Below are three of my favorite quotes related to professional success that tend to drive much of my thinking and many of my actions in the OD/CM consulting space:

1.      “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
2.     "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them." ~ Albert Einstein

3.     "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'faster horses.'" ~ Henry Ford


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